Through the beautiful Landscape of Damaraland leads a road towards the coast and the national park of the skeleton coast. Although a look on the map shows Torra Bay as a village, it is a campsite and a little shop. You can buy some basics, mostly fishing equipment and you can get a meal. Most people are there for fishing and have their own equipment, including generators.
From here the saltroad runs along the scenic shore of the atlantic, where you can see, why it is called the skeleton coast. From abandoned mines to shipwrecks, buried in the sand, there are the traces of decay and death everywhere.
We lost a tyre on the way and while I was still searching for a jack, some helpful people stopped to help us out. Since we had to use an emergency wheel, I asked about the road ahead. “Oh, its only 70 km saltroad like this, after that, it will be better. 150 km from here is Henties Bay, there will probably be no facility to repair your tyre before that.”
Cape Cross – the worlds biggest seal colony
There is a catwalk right through the colony, providing a little shadow and therefore with a lot of seal pups hiding under it. It is breathtaking both to see that many animals in one spot and the smell of them. There is a constant movement, mothers searching for their babies, adults looking for a good spot to rest or on the way back to the sea, to catch some fish. In between are the seagulls, trying to get their share. There are always weak and dying babies in the crowd that fall prey to predators.
You can observe nurseries, where one female seal tries to guard a group of pups, a challenging job with so many babies constantly crawling around on the rocks.
The gateway to Namibia in colonial times and it shows on every corner. German names everywhere and a lot of old houses remind you of the brief period of german colonization of Namibia. There is often foggy weather due to the cold ocean, bring a sweater. Apart from that, there is enough to do and see for a holiday of its own. Go to cafes often and enjoy the pastries, made after recepies that are remnants of the colonial time as well. There is the marine museum, a museum of local history and the snake farm, located in an old railway station.
The ancient hospital serves as a hotel today. There are a lot of hostels as well where you can get a room or put up your tent.